Canada N.B. offers money for cottages damaged in flood

17:52  16 may  2018
17:52  16 may  2018 Source:   msn.com

'A sigh of (some) relief:' Saint John flood levels could peak today

  'A sigh of (some) relief:' Saint John flood levels could peak today The City of Saint John says flood levels in the region could peak by the end of today. "A sigh of (some) relief may be in sight" for residents affected by historic flooding, the city posted on Twitter around 1:30 p.m. The latest information from New Brunswick River Watch indicates the floodwaters could crest during high tide at 6:30 p.m., with waters beginning to recede "very slowly over the next few days." Officials initially predicted the levels would not peak until Tuesday, when the St. John River was forecast to reach 5.8 metres. It currently stands at 5.7 metres. Flood stage for the region is 4.2 metres.

The Canadian Red Cross is offering flood cleanup kits — containing squeegees, sponges, work gloves and other items — to New Brunswickers who can safely “Some of them are off their foundations, and others are just gone,” he said, estimating that at least 30 cottages were destroyed in the disaster.

Michelle Cain looks for belongings in debris from homes and cottages destroyed by the floodwater He says insurance hasn’t been available for damage from river flooding — leaving the 57-year-old After living through his second devastating flood in a decade, Allen said if the government money

FREDERICTON - The New Brunswick government says it will offer a one-time payment to cottage owners whose properties were damaged in recent record-breaking flooding.

Environment and Local Government Minister Andrew Harvey announced the special payment today in Fredericton, weeks after floodwaters first swept through several communities along the Saint John River causing extensive damage to primary and recreational homes.

Harvey says cottage owners must apply for the financial relief and that payments will be capped at $6,100 to help clean up their property.

He says the money will make sure "potential health and safety risks are removed and the natural environment of these communities will be restored."

Historic church struck by lightning, endures flooding year after year

  Historic church struck by lightning, endures flooding year after year A minister in flood-stricken Sheffield is counting her blessings — especially after historically high floodwaters poured into one of the historic churches along the St. John River. Sheffield United Church, about 27 kilometres east of Fredericton, is surrounded by muddy water, with at least two feet of it inside the church at one point. "If you sat in the pews right now you'd have a very wet posterior," said Mary Tingley, the minister. As of Wednesday, water levels in Maugerville had declined to 6.87 metres, still above the flood stage of six metres.

Michelle Cain looks for belongings in debris from homes and cottages destroyed by the floodwater He says insurance hasn’t been available for damage from river flooding — leaving the 57-year-old After living through his second devastating flood in a decade, Allen said if the government money

Kevin Gaddess walks past debris from homes and cottages as floodwater continues to flood Route 690 in Princess Park, N . B . on Saturday, May 12, 2018. While the worst is over, residents and volunteers alike are turning their attention to the debris and damage left by the record-level flooding .

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Claims will be assessed by adjusters after property owners register the damage with the province by phone or online.

About 1,800 people have so far registered with the Disaster Assistance Financial Program, which is for primary residences damaged in the flooding.

N.B. flood recovery costs could hit $80M, minister says .
A major flood that destroyed homes and cottages along the St. John River could cost taxpayers up to $80 million.The New Brunswick government could cover between $10 million and $15 million of those costs, said Andrew Harvey. The  federal government would cover the remainder.

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